11/25/2015 13:17 EST | Updated 11/25/2016 00:12 EST

Wall says Suzuki's comments equating oil industry to slavery are ridiculous

REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says remarks by environmentalist David Suzuki equating the oil industry to slavery are "ridiculous."

Suzuki was responding to Wall's position that Canada needs to consider the economy when talking about reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Suzuki said in an interview Monday on SiriusXM’s "Everything is Political" with Evan Solomon that people in the southern Unites States argued in the 19th century that to eliminate slavery would destroy their economy.

The premier says comments equating the oil industry to slavery might hurt the arguments against the energy sector because they're so ridiculous.

He says people might be more interested in what the energy sector is doing in terms of employing Canadians and being more diligent about the environment.

Wall says people want politicians to take action on climate change, but to remember that the economy and jobs also need to be considered.


The Canadian Press